Success! Kinda.

filed under: I Am Mommy on May 21, 2013

Its taken me awhile to update my blog about my husband.

I havent really known what to say.

Its been an emotional roller coaster to say the least.  I was an wreck before and during his ablation procedure… but after having researched it and nurses and doctors explaining it, it seemed like no-fail.

When I spoke with the doctor right after the procedure, it was such good news.  “He’s a great candidate for this.”  “His heart, aside from the AFib, is very healthy.”  Even after, the news was encouraging.  “It was a success.”


Chad stayed in the hospital overnight and it was rough.  Coming home was rough.  The next seven days were rough.  Recovery was not easy for him and it was hard to see, much less understand.

A week later when he went back for a check-up and EKG, we got the news that we feared.

He is back in AFib.

If we continue to listen to doctors thats kinda normal.  I mean, the ideal scenario presented to us was that they find the connection that was causing the problem and that Chad would never deal with AFib again.  That didnt happen.  But now they are saying that some AFib is normal.  But how much?

They propose chemical cardio versions and actual cardio versions and maybe even more ablations.  More drugs more procedures more of the same stuff that keeps failing.

Its hard seeing Chad like this, knowing that his body is not working like it should and that the side effects are hurting him.

Its hard facing a future of what-ifs, maybes, and kindas.

So many have reached out and shared their own experiences with AFib and I appreciate that.  Its good hearing about and understanding how others cope.

I think we are just in a state of unknown.  We dont know where to go or what to believe about it anymore.

We do have tremendous faith in God and in His plan for us.  We are forging ahead in spite of the “unknown” and making some pretty big steps in the direction of Hope.  Big changes and big plans and big dreams that it may seem funny to follow, but the alternative is just not an option.

And with all the events of late, its good to put things into perspective… into the right perspective that is.

This quote sums things up for me.

Hardships and Destiny

Sending love and blessings to all those who are dealing with trials today.



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  • Cookin Canuck says:

    Amanda, I am thinking of you and your family as you go through this time. Sometimes it feels as though the unknown is the scariest part of life. However, I know how strong you and your husband are, and that your faith will carry you through all of this. Hugs. xo

  • vanillasugarblog says:

    When I had to deal with my knee problems my hubby kept telling me that you have to go through a couple hardships before it gets better. One can’t just go through it once and then be healed, I guess it takes a couple times. It’s kinda of true when you think of it, and it’s also relates a lot to your quote above.
    Things will get better, it just takes a lot of time.
    Stay positive!! That’s the key

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    Amanda – the quote you shared is so appropriate as so many people are facing serious hardships each day. I am definitely thinking about you and your family as your husband goes through these hard times with his health. Take care of yourself and know that people are thinking of you!!! xoxo

  • Jennifer Findlay says:

    Hi Amanda…Although I don’t know you, I certainly feel for you and your husband. I’m going to say a little prayer for you. Know that there are people thinking about you guys and sending good thoughts your way.

  • Joy Ellis says:

    Continuing to pray for your husband and your family.

  • Bethany says:

    I’m so sorry things didn’t go as well as you had hoped and anticipated. I will pray for wisdom and discernment for you and Chad. Praying for God’s healing hand to rest on his heart and for the peace that passes all understanding to encompass your home. Hugs!

  • Paula says:

    I’m sorry that Chad is back in AFib but I did find encouragement in his Doctor’s statement *His heart, aside from the AFib, is very healthy*.

    I’m glad that you are moving forward in Hope and that you are making plans and holding onto big dreams. None of us were meant to stand still through this life.

    Sincere best wishes to you and your family.

  • SugaryWinzy says:

    Hello Amanda, my thoughts are with you and your family. I can only imagine how difficult this must be. I’ve always enjoyed reading about you and your family. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with others. I’m not really familiar with that type of condition, but your husband is young and strong, so he will endure.

  • Annie says:

    I am a big fan of your blog. I am from Bangalore, India. I’m so happy about your new girl baby. Sad to hear about your husband. Appreciate your faith in God. Our God is a God of super natural and He’s the creator of the universe and He holds our future. Praying for your husband and the family. Will be checking for updates here about your husband.

  • Jean | Lemons & Anchovies says:

    Amanda, first of all, congratulations on baby Olivia–she is beautiful–what a blessing! And your new home, too. That post led me here with your mention of your husband’s afib. My husband has the same condition so I can understand how you feel. He had ablation surgery a couple of years ago after 2 cardioversions. The weeks following the ablation surgery were a discouraging time for us since his heart beat normally for only two days before he was in afib again (we were also told that he was the perfect candidate for the procedure which we were told sees roughly 80% success). If I remember correctly, it would be weeks before his heart started to feel normal again. I’m sure you were told, too, that it’s not uncommon for the heart to continue to beat irregularly because it takes such a beating during the procedure. For us this happened in Oct 2o11 and his heart is now doing very well. He has occasional flutters but they’re fleeting and very, very few and far between. Its sounds like your husband’s heart is still going through the healing process so try not to be afraid. We went through this very thing.

    I derive my strength from prayer, too, and I hope that our experience provides some encouragement. Your husband will get better and as hard as it is to still see him in afib, I’m sure his heart is healing and this will be behind you soon. If you ever need to chat about it, feel free to private message me.

    God bless!

    • Amanda says:

      Wow… sounds like we have gone through the EXACT same thing!!! So wonderful to hear that your hubby’s heart is better… that there is hope! Thank you for sharing this!

      • Jean | Lemons & Anchovies says:

        I’ve been thinking of you and your husband since reading your post. I’m actually sitting with my husband now and sharing with him your experience.

        Dr. Roger Winkle is the surgeon that performed my husband’s procedure here in northern California. Sharing the group’s website here since there are links to publications in case you feel like reading more. I’m sure, like me, you’ve read lots and lots about this! Again, hang in there. Healing prayers coming your way! 🙂

  • Lindsay says:

    Sweet blessings to you. We too, are in a state of the great unknown in regards to medical “crises.” I’ve never been good with unknowns. I’m a planner. God has other plans. So thankful for your joyful heart, though I know some days are better than others. Prayers to your family.

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